In addition to the NECCC Pictorial (Open) category definition, the Simsbury Camera Club further adheres to the definition of Travel of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) updated May 2020
REFERENCED FROM: https://psa-photo.org/index.php?divisions-photo-travel
A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not permitted. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the location. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must look natural.
What post processing is not allowed in Photo Travel?
- Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted.
- The use of heavy burning to hide elements in the image is not permitted.
- Over sharpening to the point where artifacts such as high-contrast edges show up does not look natural. The key here is “restoration of the appearance of the original scene”
- Un-Natural HDR image looks.
- A Strong vignette.
- Blurring is not allowed.
- Cloning is not allowed.
- Partial desaturation of all or parts of the image is not allowed.
- Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted.
- White Balance/ Color Correction is allowed
- Removal of dust.
- Removal of digital noise.
- Sharpening. Some lenses are soft when used at low aperture values, or the maker might not have used correct focusing. Image manipulation in post-processing can lead to soft edges—one has to make sure the image looks natural. Sharpening the image slightly is OK if it brings the scene back to what the maker saw.
- You can use HDR as long as the image looks natural.
- A stitched image is allowed as long as you present what you saw.
- Cropping, straightening and resizing is allowed.
- A vignette is allowed but must not be noticeable.
- Dodge and Burn. This is allowed but let me explain. Digital cameras have a lower dynamic range than the eye. As a result, the shadows may be deeper and/or the highlights brighter than the eye perceived in the original scene. Dodging and burning are techniques we then use to change the brightness of selected areas of an image. For example, when shadows are blocked but the eye could perceive detail in the original scene, dodging can bring out the details in the shadows as the eye perceived them. The image may have bright details that the eye was unaware of. It’s OK to dodge those areas. However, these adjustments must look natural and they are allowed because the PT definition states: restoration of the appearance of the original scene.